How would you answer the question, "How Much Do Ragdoll Cats Shed?" Believe it or not, I get this question quite a bit. Usually it comes from people that have heard that Ragdolls do not shed and are interested in adopting one because of it. If there's one thing I have learned from this website, it's that "Ragdoll" stereotypes and myths can be perpetuated so much that it causes the cat to fail before it even arrives home. So I am all about getting rid of those myths.
Here's what I say:
Unfortunately that's a near impossible question to answer due to the fact that there is no clear cut answer. There are many factors that go into it.
Has to do with a lot of things:
- How clean is the human, how often do they vacuum
- How often do they brush their coats?
- What kind of coat does the Ragdoll have? The 9 in my family all have slightly different coats that shed differently.
- Where you live in the country/world? When do the seasons change there, etc?
- Overall cat's genetics
- What the cat eats
Hope that makes it clear as to why there's no way to respond to that question with all the varying factors.
As with any responsibility, if hair is an issue for you, then maybe a long hair cat isn't right for you, or maybe you will have to step up your vacuuming skills.